Regulators at Interior, including former Secretary Ken Salazar, have said on multiple occasions that a more streamlined regulatory process will be needed to accelerate the development of offshore wind, which officials say fits into President Obama's "all of the above" approach to energy development.
In an effort to facilitate future projects, Interior has identified several thousand square miles of seabed it considers prime territory for new projects, including the region proposed for Cape Wind.
"Cape Wind was the first project of its kind in the U.S.," said BOEM spokeswoman Tracey Moriarty. "Anytime you have something that's a first, its going to take more time." Having been through the regulatory experience of Cape Wind, government agencies are better able to address new projects as they come to the table, she added.
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